The Prophet notes that the Muslim community is staging protests across Maharashtra to demand action against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal | Bombay News

MUMBAI: Members of the Muslim community staged protests in several cities across Maharashtra on Friday demanding action against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and her former party colleague Naveen Jindal for their alleged objectionable remarks against the prophet Muhammad.
No untoward incidents were reported from anywhere during the protests, police said. The protests were organized by various organizations after Friday prayers after 3 p.m., a police official said.

In the town of Panvel in neighboring Navi Mumbai, at least 3,000 demonstrators, including around 1,000 women, staged a protest march, demanding the arrest of Sharma and Jindal. A delegation submitted a memorandum to Panvel tehsildar and the protest ended peacefully at 4 p.m., a local police official said.
A protest also took place at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi, where a delegation submitted their demands to the Vashi police station, he said. Similar rallies or protest marches were also held in Thane, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nandurbar, Parbhani, Beed, Latur, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Pune districts. Protesters everywhere shouted slogans and demanded the registration of FIRs and the arrest of Sharma and Jindal, police said. Heavy police security was deployed at all protest sites, but there were no untoward incidents anywhere, officials said.
State Interior Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said the protests were peaceful with police handling the situation well. No one should offend the faith of others, he said. The BJP suspended Nupur Sharma over his remarks about Prophet during a televised debate, while Jindal was expelled from the party when he tweeted similar remarks.
The Union government has already distanced itself from controversial statements by ruling party members even as they have provoked strong reactions in many Muslim countries.

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